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Jan 27, 2021 - 5:11:41 PM
496 posts since 12/3/2013

I'm looking for a reasonably priced banjo head signed by Earl Scruggs. I asked someone what it WOULD likely cost and I was told $100 might be bit high because Earl signed a lot of stuff. There's one on eBay for $650 which seems WAY over what is appropriate.

Where are these things hiding?

Jan 27, 2021 - 6:02:01 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24403 posts since 6/25/2005

Mine went down the tubes more than 50 years ago because I played the banjo to the point it wore off. Wasn't that important to me. I suspect many signed heads met a similar fate. Most players were not going to replace a head and put the signed one away as a collector’s item because collecting was not something they did.

Jan 27, 2021 - 7:41:16 PM
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Lew H

USA

2583 posts since 3/10/2008

I carried a banjo head to the "Earl Scruggs and Friends" concert at the Ryman years back, hoping to get him to sign it. However, he was no where to be seen. There were pre-signed heads (or stamped, I don't know which) available for $30. I was disappointed, but bought one anyway.

Jan 28, 2021 - 5:18:27 AM

2042 posts since 1/4/2009
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100 seems okay to me, hes not signing any more. sure he signed a lot of stuff,for a banjo picker, but theres only one you can find for sale.. And its $650. So perhaps 100 is a deal. best way to get prices is to go to sold on ebay. Theres a few signed scruggs items, one head sold for 115 dollars, average priced signed ephimra is 80 to 100. A record ligned by lester and earl sold for 450

Edited by - kyleb on 01/28/2021 05:22:32

Jan 28, 2021 - 6:58:20 AM
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RioStat

USA

5412 posts since 10/12/2009

Whadda you suppose this Hatch Show poster from 1968 is worth? I watched Lester, Earl, Jake Tullock, and Josh Graves sign it...only guy I missed on was Paul Warren




 

Jan 28, 2021 - 7:16:31 AM
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That's money. Wouldn't be surprised if it's 500 or more. Those original posters are valuable in themselves , signed by the big 3 from the band, big money. You'd get a bidding war for it for sure. Poster collectors , autograph collectors and bluegrass fans.

Jan 28, 2021 - 7:25:56 AM
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RioStat

USA

5412 posts since 10/12/2009

I must correct myself......my poster only has Lester, Earl, and Jake signatures....my cousin has the same poster with Josh Graves signature also.

Jan 28, 2021 - 7:58:32 AM
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djenks

USA

227 posts since 1/22/2005

Sort of a cool thing... I played with Horace Scruggs for about 20 years in a couple bands. I had a head replaced on my banjo and got him to get Earl and Junie to sign - then he signed it. I have all 3 Scruggs brothers signatures on a banjo head. There are probably not many of those! I have it in a shadowbox frame hanging in my home office/banjo room.

Jan 28, 2021 - 11:32:54 AM

1206 posts since 8/10/2010

quote:Good lord... thats a fine piece you got there!
Originally posted by RioStat

Whadda you suppose this Hatch Show poster from 1968 is worth? I watched Lester, Earl, Jake Tullock, and Josh Graves sign it...only guy I missed on was Paul Warren

 


Jan 28, 2021 - 1:40:39 PM
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348 posts since 8/1/2008

Have had this reproduction and several others hanging in my garage for years. Recently, while hanging like a bat on my inversion table, I noticed a spelling error for the first time LOL


 

Jan 28, 2021 - 3:44:50 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11094 posts since 6/29/2003

Some years ago on Ebay in Ireland, I saw a Gibson ESS with its head signed by Earl and the asking price was US$9000.00. Dream on!

Jan 28, 2021 - 4:26:54 PM
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RTWhite

USA

496 posts since 12/3/2013

I bought the signed Monroe poster here. I also like it because I grew up in Nashville and the map behind him has my old neighborhood (Oak Hill).

It's paired up with my Akira Tsumura 154 Peghead Beauties poster.


Jan 30, 2021 - 2:04:33 PM
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1759 posts since 9/10/2003

I figured that I would post my Earl Scruggs Autograph that I acquired in 1993 along with about 53 other banjo pickers over the years. I saved the center spot of the resonator for Earl's autograph. I attached a list of all the players that have signed the resonator. The resonator is from my 1988 Gibson Granada that I bought new back in 1988, I sold the banjo in 2007 with another resonator that I had made by Mark Taylor.
I always wondered how much something like this would sell for over the years, it would be interesting to hear some opinions.

Thanks, Brian.


Jan 31, 2021 - 9:04:37 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by RTWhite

I'm looking for a reasonably priced banjo head signed by Earl Scruggs. I asked someone what it WOULD likely cost and I was told $100 might be bit high because Earl signed a lot of stuff. There's one on eBay for $650 which seems WAY over what is appropriate.

Where are these things hiding?


Beats me!


Jan 31, 2021 - 3:38:22 PM
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RTWhite

USA

496 posts since 12/3/2013

quote:
Originally posted by SusanMcG
quote:
Originally posted by RTWhite

I'm looking for a reasonably priced banjo head signed by Earl Scruggs. I asked someone what it WOULD likely cost and I was told $100 might be bit high because Earl signed a lot of stuff. There's one on eBay for $650 which seems WAY over what is appropriate.

Where are these things hiding?


Beats me!


Ira's next party.... I know what's going home with me! HAHAHA

Jan 31, 2021 - 3:39:55 PM

RTWhite

USA

496 posts since 12/3/2013

quote:
Originally posted by LouZee Picker

I figured that I would post my Earl Scruggs Autograph that I acquired in 1993 along with about 53 other banjo pickers over the years. I saved the center spot of the resonator for Earl's autograph. I attached a list of all the players that have signed the resonator. The resonator is from my 1988 Gibson Granada that I bought new back in 1988, I sold the banjo in 2007 with another resonator that I had made by Mark Taylor.
I always wondered how much something like this would sell for over the years, it would be interesting to hear some opinions.

Thanks, Brian.


That's AMAZING.  I've been trying to do something similar with the Masters of the 5-String Banjo book.  But that's an AMAZING list.  I got into this later and have new names (and missed out on SOOOO many on your list).

 

WELL DONE!

Jan 31, 2021 - 8:07:41 PM

1759 posts since 9/10/2003

quote:
Originally posted by RTWhite
quote:
Originally posted by LouZee Picker

I figured that I would post my Earl Scruggs Autograph that I acquired in 1993 along with about 53 other banjo pickers over the years. I saved the center spot of the resonator for Earl's autograph. I attached a list of all the players that have signed the resonator. The resonator is from my 1988 Gibson Granada that I bought new back in 1988, I sold the banjo in 2007 with another resonator that I had made by Mark Taylor.
I always wondered how much something like this would sell for over the years, it would be interesting to hear some opinions.

Thanks, Brian.


That's AMAZING.  I've been trying to do something similar with the Masters of the 5-String Banjo book.  But that's an AMAZING list.  I got into this later and have new names (and missed out on SOOOO many on your list).

 

WELL DONE!


Thanks for the compliment Ryan ! I couldn't believe how honored some of the newer players were that autographed when they seen all the great veteran players that had already signed before them. Many of them were their banjo heroes. It was wonderful getting to meet all those awesome players over the years that so graciously signed. Many great stories, conversations & memories for me, for sure!

 P.S. A friend of mine is also using his Masters of the 5-String  banjo book for a autographs. Great minds think alike. smiley

Brian

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